Call them what you want — fanny packs, waist bags, waist pouches, belt bags or hip packs — these types of travel bags that get slung around your hips are crucial, in my opinion, to convenience during a trip!

Wearing a fanny pack or waist pack during travel gives you a more hands-free flexibility than using a tote bag. It allows you to not have to flip your backpack to the front or take it off, if you just want to grab something quickly, like a phone or passport.

Having a bag around your waist is also a great way to keep lots of valuables in check, right in front of you, whether sightseeing, hiking or in the airport. I’ve really enjoyed keeping my passport, phone, wallet and headphones in a waist bag while flying, rather than having any of them in my personal item that gets stowed under a seat.

If you’re looking into a new waist pouch, belt bag or hip pack this season, why not check out the list below, which we’ve curated from the best travel brands? Read on, to see which fanny pack or waist pack is best for your upcoming trip.

lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag 1L / 2L

I tried out this sleek and stylish belt bag from lululemon that can be worn as a waist pack or cross-body sling. Since getting this belt bag, we’ve seen so many people wearing this bag when we’re out and about. It is so popular and we’ve even had some friends buy it since we wrote about it here.

For these reasons, we’re naming it the #1 best belt bag in this “best of” list.

Turning into a belt bag, it can be worn close to the shoulder and across your front. The strap adjusts all the way to 41.7”. I like the big buckle that makes a “snap” sound when you close it, and I also like the two elastics that hold the strap as it is adjusted into its different lengths.

It has zippered pockets and an easy-access exterior pocket, along with one interior pocket for stashing valuables. I tried out the 2L version, and it holds a dab more than the 1L. It fits my wallet, my phone and my keys, and has space for a bunch of other daily essentials. Either one also makes a really nice gift for someone who’s always on the go.

You can see more photos at my lululemon belt bag review and if you’re also on the hunt for another style of a crossbody bag, head to see the lululemon gear I recommend at the best crossbody bags for travel.

lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag 1L

Keep your essentials close with the lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag 1L, a perfect companion for the urban explorer.

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Canvelle Fanny Pack

I became introduced to the Canvelle machine-washable fanny pack that comes in two convenient sizes, Oversized and Original. It’s a hands-free purse that I wear on my front and also on my back, and I like the gold zipper accents. When I mentioned my big fanny pack to my mom recently, she said, “Oh, you love that bag. You take it everywhere.” It’s true!

I turned the Canvelle fanny pack into my default day cross-body bag, and I like that it’s bigger, but it’s lightweight. It fits all my daily “stuff” from hand cream, hand sanitizer, keys, cards, wallet and phone, to more random items like even an entire water bottle.

Canvelle’s fanny pack has several cool features, including numerous pockets. It has a secure zipper pocket inside the main compartment and a mesh pocket in front of it.

The front of the bag itself (in the “Oversized” size choice) has a second zipper pocket for things like keys, cards or tissues, and there’s a zipper pocket on the back as well, for whatever you please (it’s intended to be a water-resistant phone pouch!). There’s an interior key clip additionally that I use for my Canvelle flat wallet.

For fanny pack colors, there’s Grey, Olive, Terracotta, Black and Quilted Black. I also have some of the patterned crossbody straps that you can purchase as add-ons. I have Black Jacquard for my Quilted Black fanny pack, and “Boho” for my Olive fanny pack.

Use code HALFHALF15 to get 15% off your order, and learn more about the brand at my Canvelle brand page.

Canvelle fanny pack product photo.

Canvelle Fanny Pack

Maintain your chic style on the move with the Canvelle Fanny Pack, combining fashion with function.

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Public Rec Adapt Belt Bag

Are you new to the Public Rec brand? The Public Rec Adapt Belt Bag is my favorite minimal and slim crossbody and waist bag that I cover in my Public Rec Adapt Belt Bag review.

What I like about this belt bag is that it’s sleek and has lots of pockets. It’s also expandable. I like the shiny silver buckle that gives it a bit of pizzazz. I use this belt bag as my day-to-day bag for when I leave the house and all I need are my phone, wallet and keys, in a simple bag that I can throw into another larger tote or purse.

In its fanny pack form, the Public Rec belt bag was a great thing to bring as a waist pack on my and Dan’s trip to the Berkshires. I liked that I could easily and quickly convert it from a waist bag to a cross-body belt bag, whether we were hiking, shopping, walking or getting out of the car quickly at a rest stop during our road trip.

Public rec adapt belt bag product photo.

Public Rec Adapt Belt Bag

Stay organized on the go with the Public Rec Adapt Belt Bag, a sleek and practical accessory.

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Moment Fanny Sling & Mini Fanny Sling

I like the down-to-earth and timeless look of these “fanny slings” from Moment. Coming in both 2-liter and 1-liter varieties, you can choose either, depending on how much you think you need to carry (or how big you like your sling bags to be). I liked trying out the Moment sling because I wanted to see how the materials felt, and they’re very lightweight with a very satisfying zipper.

The 2L Moment Fanny Sling can be worn on either your shoulder or your hips like a hip pack, and it’s a great size overall. It can fit a small camera, or even a windbreaker, if folded up. It’s got a soft inner lining to keep everything safe, and rainstorm-proof construction. I liked checking out all the cool photo-savvy details like a little cleaning cloth on an elastic.

Then, even smaller, is the cute 1L Mini Fanny Sling. It’s similar to its 2L big sibling, but even lower-profile and could be hid under your shirt or jacket if you’re in a scenario in which you want to hide your valuables (La Rambla in Barcelona, perhaps?). It still fits compact cameras and large phones, and is completely vegan, with no leather composition. I listed it as one of the best accessories for backpackers.

If you like Moment, and you’re hunting for a new backpack as well, I recommend checking out our Moment Everything Backpack review.

Moment Fanny Sling

Embrace the convenience of the Moment Fanny Sling, a minimalist and functional solution for on-the-go storage.

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa

Hyperlite Mountain Gear is a company that makes camping backpacks, tents, camping sleep systems, apparel and outdoorsy accessories, so they know what’s up when it comes to adventure gear. Their Versa waist pack was designed to be a timeless type of fanny pack with ultimate versatility. This one’s a bit wide, so note the size: it measures 6 inches by 9 inches, but weighs in at only 5 ounces (wow?!).

When I’m wearing it, it’s hard to even tell I have it around my waist. It’s that level of weightless.

So, it’s a super lightweight option for a travel waist bag and it has a waterproof construction meant to get you through hikes and any type of weather while on the road. That’s why I tried it out on a rainy day near home! What I like is the paper-like material with the crinkle effect that it’s made of. It kind of made me say, “Oh wow, I didn’t expect it to feel like this!”

Standout features include a back slide-in phone pocket, front zipper pocket and space enough to even potentially fit a small water bottle. I also like the double zippers in the main pocket, and the petite buckle and thin strap. I prefer to wear this one as a fanny pack rather than a sling bag.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa

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Kibou Vegan Leather Bag

Attention traveling moms (and dads): if you haven’t heard of the Kibou fanny pack sling bag, allow me to introduce it to you.

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Kibou was started by two cool moms who invented the first-ever diaper bag fanny pack, which is an incredible little belt bag to have on travel days, road trips and while changing a diaper on a plane. It’s a perfect little bag with a great design, and comes in a Mini version made of nylon, too.

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a Kibou vegan leather crossbody pack to see what it was all about. Basically, it’s a place to put all your baby and child essentials, with bonus compartments of a waterproof zippered wipes sleeve and a fold-out changing pad that stashes into the backside.

The design is minimal, and the colors are bold and classy, like Blush, Olive, Charcoal, Smoky Indigo, Midnight and Jade. In the main compartment, I can fit sunglasses, my phone, a few diapers, a pacifier, diaper cream, hand sanitizer, keys, a slim wallet and a snack bar.

I’m looking forward to using my Kibou as a travel day fanny pack that I can go into a rest area with when we’re traveling with our baby, rather than my entire Deuter Up Seoul daypack that I use as a diaper bag right now. Check out the review of the Kibou that I posted, with even more photos.

Kibou Vegan Leather Bag

Embrace style with the Kibou Vegan Leather Bag, a chic choice for the traveling parent.

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Quince All-Day Neoprene Belt Bag

How adorable is Quince’s new neoprene belt bag? I tried out this waist bag and styled it both as a crossbody belt bag, as well as a snug hip pack around my middle. I have to say, it looks absolutely fantastic.

What I like, personally, about this travel fanny pack is that it’s lightweight, bold and comfortable. It’s fully adjustable, going from snug belt bag across my torso to a fanny pack on my waist or hips. There’s a zippered front pocket and a zippered main compartment that has a flap to protect your stuff from rain or elements.

Is it sustainable? It’s made from 100% recycled nylon, and recycled water-resistant neoprene materials. And price-wise, this belt bag is priced competitively for what it is. At under $40, it’s almost a no-brainer when compared to more expensive options for a travel fanny pack that hold the same amount of stuff in 1 liter of volume.

I like this travel belt bag from Quince and I think it’s going to be an essential part of future day trips and excursions.

Quince Neoprene Belt Bag

This cute waist bag and adjustable belt bag is minimal, cute and functional with its bold zippers and recycled materials.

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Nike Elemental Premium 8L

This belt bag is the biggest one by volume in my list, and it’s big! It’s also very affordable and often goes on sale (thanks, Nike!). As a highlight, it’s made from sustainable materials (recycled polyester fibers) and it’s sleek, modern and sporty.

If you’re on an active trip, or if you plan to be between hiking, activities and the hotel pool, I recommend the versatility of this bag.

The bag has a large double zipper compartment, front zipper pocket and two mesh inner pockets (with zippers). Honestly, this belt bag is so big that you could fit a sports water bottle, an extra shirt and maybe even a hiking shoe (just kidding).

It’s lightweight and comes in neutral colors, so it’s easily sharable with a sibling, friend or partner if you’re traveling together!

As a short disclaimer, Nike gave me this product to try, and the opinions above are completely my own.

Nike Elemental Premium 8L Belt Bag

Gender-neutral and full of zippers, this sporty belt bag is spacious and sustainable.

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Lux & Nyx Origami Belt Bag

I first noticed woman- and minority-owned brand Lux & Nyx for its satiny products that have the design theme of sleek “origami.” I was curious about the brand’s functional bags that are elevated for the stylish traveling woman.

The company is an online-only seller of clutches, backpacks, handbags, crossbody bags and weekenders. Lux & Nyx aims to “keep the woman holding them confident and clutter-free.” I think the Lux & Nyx products work well for business travel, or for when you have semi-formal and formal (weddings!) occasions during a trip.

I tested the signature Origami Belt Bag, which looks cute as both a waist pack and crossbody sling. It’s refined, with a “victory sleeve” and interior zipper pocket hidden into the inner fabric. That’s a travel-forward feature that keeps things safe while in transit.

Inside, it has a D-ring for keys, and credit card slots, with a mesh pocket. I like the smooth adjustable strap, and the interesting magnetic buckle that I haven’t seen in other belt bags of this type. Some highlights are the upcycled leather trims, water-resistant interior and bold color choices like Crimson and Cardinal Red, which will add a pop of color to any outfit during travel.

Lux & Nyx Origami Belt Bag

A sleek and satiny belt bag with a hidden zipper pocket in origami-style design.

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SPI Crossbody Pouch

The new SPI Crossbody Pouch came to me first as a cross-body tiny sling bag, and then I found out that it could double as a tiny waist bag.

SPI is a running company, and all their products are made for the outdoors and for convenience during workouts on the go. Last year though, when I got to try the SPI Crossbody Pouch for the first time, I started using it as a convenient sling pouch I could throw on as I was walking out the door to grab mail, take a walk around the block or go grab coffee.

I also used it as my #1 go-to pouch while going out bike riding, because I could have my phone and keys safely in there.

As a bonus, and according to the product page on the SPI website, if you simply adjust it by double-wrapping it around your waist at the right length, it becomes a waist pack for running! Try that during your next trip when you want to work out during travels.

SPI Crossbody Pouch

Stay organized on the go with the SPI Crossbody Pouch, a compact and savvy solution for carrying your essentials.

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Kibou Mini Vegan Leather Fanny Pack

This mini fanny pack and belt bag from Kibou is such a cutie. Coming from one of my favorite brands (Kibou), the mini version of the original fanny pack is a compact “fit only what you need” waist pack that can be worn several ways.

Among its cool features are the inner elastic pouch for protecting your phone’s screen, a key hook to keep keys in place, a waterproof “wet pocket” to hold wet wipes or sanitizing wipes and stain-resistant nylon lining. The nice exterior is vegan leather made from recycled textiles. It’s perfect for traveling parents who want to branch out from the full-size Kibou fanny.

Not a fan of vegan leather? Try the Kibou Mini in black nylon, a please-all color and style.

Kibou Mini Vegan Leather Fanny Pack

This perfectly-sized mini fanny pack can be worn as a belt bag, and comes in both vegan leather and nylon.

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WANDRD All-New D1 Fanny Pack

The WANDRD D1 Fanny Pack is a modern and bold fanny pack that makes all other fanny packs look old-fashioned. Like the others we’ve mentioned, it can be worn cross-body, or at the hip like a hip pack.

I think one of the best features is the waterproof YKK zippers, along with the magnetic buckle that’s just a step above the competition.

You can fit a lot in this hip pack, which is meant to please anyone into photography. You’ll be able to fit a compact camera in here, along with your phone, wallet and keys (the big “don’t-leave-home-without-these” trifecta).

WANDRD D1 Fanny Pack

Experience hands-free convenience with the WANDRD D1 Fanny Pack, built for the essentials.

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Vessi Shoreline Belt Bag

If you’ve seen our Vessi waterproof shoes review, you may have seen how this company has made revolutionary all-weather gear that’s great for travel to rainy destinations. If you plan to be on a trip that involves potentially stormy weather, waterfalls or other opportunities to get soaked, consider a waterproof belt bag.

Vessi’s Shoreline Belt Bag is a travel waist pack that also converts into a crossbody bag. It has a key loop, pockets and an adjustable strap. It’s a simple product, but made from Vessi’s epic waterproof tech fabric. I tried it out in a rainstorm and everything stayed dry!

Vessi Shoreline Belt Bag

A waterproof belt bag made from incredible all-weather fabric.

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Tortuga Travel Sling

The Tortuga Travel Sling comes from the Tortuga Backpacks family of products and you may know some of their bags from my Tortuga Laptop Backpack review. This adjustable sling bag can be worn “however you want,” from a tight belt bag across your chest to a waist bag or hip pack on travel days.

It’s versatile, just like all of Tortuga’s products. It’s not surprising that the quality is outstanding. With a 2.5-liter capacity and a weight of only 0.5 lbs when empty, it has cool build features like a magnetic buckle, YKK zipper hardware and weather-resistant waterproof fabric. All of these come in handy if you’re caught in a storm while sightseeing.

True to what I like about Tortuga’s backpacks, the interior is smart: it has mesh organization pockets, a key ring and an interior zipper mesh pocket for my coins, cards and packets of sanitizing wipes for on the go.

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Tortuga Travel Sling Bag

A smart and strong belt bag for travel with mesh pockets, strong zippers and versatile ways to wear.

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TOPO Designs Mountain Waist Pack

We’ve liked TOPO Designs products, and the Mountain Waist Pack is a 2L outdoorsy bum bag for travelers.

TOPO Designs calls it the ideal adventure companion, to wear any way you want: over the shoulder or at your waist. This is a great hip bag for hiking and biking, with its big YKK zipper pulls and lightweight recycled nylon build.

TOPO Designs Mountain Waist Pack

Get outdoorsy with the TOPO Designs Mountain Waist Pack, a perfect carry-all hip bag.

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Tom Bihn Side Effect Bag

I wouldn’t necessarily call this a fanny pack, but it does have the same effect. If you’re looking for a small bag to take with you while you travel, and want something that will absolutely last forever, check out the Side Effect from Tom Bihn.

I like this option because Tom Bihn products truly do last forever. The minute you feel the material, you’ll know that it’s superior quality and won’t break down over time. We wrote all about Tom Bihn and what to know before you buy, in this brand guide.

As a functional bag, though, I think the Side Effect Bag great. You can use this as your small travel companion, to hold your passport, phone, charger, headphones and a book.

You can use this as a travel organizer and purpose this bag for some of your small camera equipment. You can use this as a craft bag, reading bag, really anything that you can imagine, and it easily becomes a petite cross-body purse too!

Tom Bihn Side Effect Bag

Embrace minimalism with the Tom Bihn Side Effect Bag, a versatile, compact accessory for your essentials.

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REI Co-op Trail 2 Waist Pack

The waist pack from REI won’t win any high fashion awards, but it will be highly functional and act as a great little travel tool for you.

The body and lining of this waist pack are made from recycled material, and the outside is water-repellent. If you get caught in bad weather while traveling, you will be covered, and the things that you need available at a moment’s notice won’t get soaked!

I like this option for a travel waist pack because it has a secret stash pocket in which you can keep your “super valuable items,” like cash, keys or passport.

REI Co-op Trail 2 Waist Pack

Stash your essentials close with the REI Co-op Trail 2 Waist Pack, a hands-free travel solution.

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Patagonia Black Hole Mini Hip Pack

Patagonia’s products always feel fun and fresh, even with their slight throwback designs that remind me a little bit of the 90s. The Mini Hip Pack is an ultralight fanny pack bag for travel that clocks in at 1 liter of volume! Does it remind you of a mini version of Dan’s Patagonia Black Hole Duffel?

It’s not a big fanny pack at all, so it looks good on women, especially anyone who is petite. Much like the other hip packs and waist bags in this list, it easily extends with its adjustable strap and turns into a cross-body sling bag, just like that!

Other cool call-out features are that it is one-size-fits-all, and is crafted with 100% recycled body fabric, lining and webbing.

Patagonia Black Hole Mini Hip Pack

Compact and versatile, the Patagonia Black Hole Mini Hip Pack is perfect for your essentials on the go.

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Cotopaxi Coso 2L Hip Pack

Leave it to Cotopaxi to make a cool hip pack type of fanny pack for the modern and rugged traveler. Of course, the Coso 2L Hip Pack - Cada Día comes in funky color combinations that will turn heads.

This waist bag also converts into a cross-body sling, and is great for both men and women. You could even use one among the entire family (or share it with a friend).

This hip pack has multiple grab handles, a back zippered pocket for security, and an interior fleece-lined pocket for a phone. Check out the innovative design at the Coso 2L product page.

Cotopaxi Coso 2L Hip Pack

Keep your essentials close with the Coso 2L Hip Pack, perfect for hands-free convenience.

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Osprey Daylite Waist Pack

This waist pack from Osprey is for the hiker and adventurer. If you’re familiar with the Osprey brand, you may know we also recommend their backpacking backpacks in our list of the best travel backpacks for women!

This waist bag is not a fashion statement, but it will certainly be your chosen hip pack for hiking, backpacking and long-term travel. It also comes at an affordable price point for the budget-minded backpacker.

Osprey Daylite Hip Pack

Perfect for quick outings or festivals, the Daylite Waist Pack offers compact storage for your essentials without sacrificing style.

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JanSport Fifth Ave Fanny Pack

JanSport has never been the fashion-forward style choice for travelers, but (!) JanSport is a brand that has stood the test of time and is trusted by anyone into a quality backpack or waistpack.

The JanSport fanny pack is lightweight and spacious, and converts to an over-the-shoulder cross-body belt bag, too. It’s ideal for camping and hiking, but could be your sling bag companion on your next city trip, too.

JanSport Fifth Ave Fanny Pack

Carry your essentials in style with the JanSport Fifth Ave Fanny Pack, combining classic design and practicality.

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Kånken Hip Pack

As you could’ve guessed, the Kånken Hip Pack from Fjallraven is pretty adorable! Just like the backpacks from Fjallraven, this waist pack comes in more colors than you could dream of. One of the benefits of buying from this brand is that Fjallraven offers lifetime repairs!

This hip pack is unisex, so don’t be surprised if someone else in your hiking group asks to borrow it! At its petite size, it’s only 135 g (0.29 lb) before you put anything in it, and it’ll fit your essentials.

Kånken Hip Pack

The Kånken Hip Pack provides stylish, compact storage for your essentials, a perfect companion for city exploration or outdoor adventures.

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Herschel Settlement Hip Pack

Herschel has made an on-trend hip pack that’ll serve as a cool and timeless fanny pack for travelers. The Settlement Hip Pack is specifically designed to fit your essentials (phone-wallet-keys). It comes in a very nice assortment of colors that’ll stand the test of time, like Ash Rose and Ivy Green.

I like that this one also converts to a cross-body sling pack. If you’re itching to see the other fanny packs that Herschel makes, check out the Settlement Hip Pack Quilted version, which is like “carrying your essentials on a cloud.”

Herschel Settlement Hip Pack

Compact yet spacious, the Herschel Settlement Hip Pack provides on-the-go storage without weighing you down.

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Everlane Renew Transit Fanny Pack

I really like look of this minimalist and modern fanny pack from Everlane, which they call The Renew Transit Fanny Pack. It has a wide build, so it’s not a snug and compact waist bag like some of the others in this list. It won’t be going out of style anytime soon.

Fun fact: this product is made from recycled bottles! It also comes in fresh colors, and you can definitely wear it in a waist pack fashion or a cross-body sling style.

Everlane Renew Transit Fanny Pack

Get the Everlane Renew Transit Fanny Pack, a stylish and minimal belt bag for travel.

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LeSportSac Everyday Belt Bag

I have worn my LeSportSac fanny pack all over the world! I got it in 2019 and it has come with me on all my trips since then. What I like about it is that it has two separate pockets, has a thick adjustable strap and that it is super lightweight.

It’s a classic style from LeSportSac, which is a classic brand. When I’m not wearing this belt bag, I just empty it and toss it in my backpack or other bag that’s with me on a trip.

I’ve even tried maxing out the adjustment of the strap to make it into a cross-body sling bag while biking in NYC.

Check out these photos of how I used this fanny pack during my trips to both Antigua, Guatemala and Merida, Mexico.

LeSportSac Everyday Belt Bag

Keep your essentials close with the LeSportSac Everyday Belt Bag, a stylish and convenient solution for on-the-go storage.

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Why should you trust me?

I’ve personally tested a large number of the fanny packs and belt bags you see here, and I’ve tested them during my travels, both at home and abroad!

I’ve been traveling for years, for all sorts of purposes, from backpacking Southeast Asia in my 20s to traveling for business in my 30s. Having a trusty and convenient pack around my waist is crucial, whether I’m traveling on a babymoon with Dan or flying for a one-day business trip.

I’ve looked for belt bags and waist packs that have great features like expandability, pockets, great styles, sustainable factors and affordable prices. I hope you trust my choices on this list so that you find the travel bag that is right for your next trip!

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